Looking over the combine results, it was great to see some outstanding performances turned in by unsigned sophomore players. Yuba College cornerback, Ali Jones, was one whose performance helped earn him a scholarship to D1 Nevada (Reno). Here is a look at some of the top sophomore performances by wide receivers:
By this point, most of you who follow this site have heard about Ventura's Derrick Smith signing with West Virginia and Baylor offering a trip to El Camino's Joseph Crenshaw and Utah State recruiting Foothill's Kenny Coleman, and who can blame those schools? During the 2002 Spring Combines, Smith's best forty time was 4.54 seconds. His top shuttle time was 4.42. He measured in at 5-foot-11, 183-pounds. Crenshaw measured in at 5-foot-8 1/2, 175-pounds and ran a 4.85-forty and 4.56 shuttle. Coleman's two forty times were 4.38 and 4.40. What really seemed to impress the scouts, however, was these players' performances on the field during the one-on-one drills. They ran great routes that gave the defensive backs a lot of trouble. They showed great "game speed," great hands, and good skills specific to their postiton.
Among the other great performances by sophomore receivers included:
Tommy Roberts, Santa Ana College - At 6-foot-1, 184 pounds, Tommy Roberts was one of the taller receivers in attendance. He attended both the SoCal and NorCal combines, so he was able to test multiple times. His four forty times were 4.55, 4.50, 4.52, and 4.50. Thus, I think we can say he runds around a 4.5-forty. He also turned in best shuttle times of 4.06 and 4.07 and put up 185-pounds 17 times. During the season, Roberts had 26 receptions and averaged 20.9 yards per reception. He led his team with 6 touchdowns. Carries close to a 2.8 GPA.
Vince Strang, Orange Coast College - Although undersized at 5-foot-6 3/4, 152-pounds, Vince Strang was a standout for OCC for the past two seasons. In 2001, he had 30 receptions for 602 yards and 3 TD's. Also was a standout as a punt and kick returner. He showed his athleticism at the combine with two 4.54-forties and shuttle times of 3.97 and 3.98. Carries a 2.89 GPA.
Jason Bolding, Moorpark College - After two outstanding seasons for Moorpark, Jason Bolding is still deciding where to take his future. He came to the combine but unfortunately a pulled muscle prevented him from testing. He measured in at 6-foot-3 1/2, 197-pounds. He was a second team All-WSC selection following the season. He had 35 receptions for 652 yards and six touchdowns.
Darnell Crowder, Victor Valley - For two straight years, Darnell Crowder was among the top receivers in the Foothill Conference, despite being overshadowed by freshman All-American and teammate Jamel Richardson in 2001. Despite being "overshadowed," Crowder led his team in receiving with 62 receptions for 975 yards and 5 touchdowns. At the combine, he ran a best of a 4.71-forty and 4.72 shuttle. The times are good when you consider that Crowder is a solid 5-foot-11 1/2, 219-pounds.
Jason Schroeder, Solano College - Back in 2000, sophomore Jason Schroeder was one of Northern California's top receivers at Solano College. He sat out 2001 following Solano's decision to suspend their football program for one year. Apparently he kept himself in good shape. He measured in at 6-foot-1, 218-pounds and managed to run a 4.47-forty and 4.15 shuttle.
Clarence Stanfield, Sacramento City College - The 6-foot, 183-pound Stanfield turned heads with his 4.46-forty speed and 4.07 shuttle time. However, what he really impressed the scouts with was his performance in the one-on-one drills. I know several I-A coaches in attendance took note of this young man.
Randall "Buddy" Lewis and James Johnson, San Mateo - Both of these sophomore receivers turned in good days with Lewis running a 4.49-forty and Johnson running shuttle times of 4.20 and 4.28. Both have been receiving quite a bit of interest. Lewis has received some good I-A looks in the past few weeks.
Patrick Rouzard (photo at top), Michael Watson, and Chris McDaniel, Sierra College - This trio of wideouts put up big numbers, leading Sierra's high powered passing offense in 2001. Watson is a qualifier, while Rouzard and McDaniel will complete their degrees this Summer. McDaniel measured in at 6-foot, 209 pounds. Rouzard and Watson arrived too late to measure in, but Rouzard is close to 6-foot-2, 180-pounds and Watson is around 5-foot-9, 173-pounds. McDaniel was happy with one forty test after being timed at 4.28. Rouzard clocked in at 4.72 in the forty and Watson at 4.49.